Therapeutic Community Gardening Course

Let’s Grow Together therapeutic gardening course – coming soon!

Are you considering starting your own therapeutic or community gardening project, but are not sure where to begin? Or have you already got a location or operating garden, but would like support in taking it to the next level?

With over two decades of experience in developing therapeutic gardening projects at our Growing Together gardens, Trust Links will soon be offering a unique 6-month blended learning course, ‘Let’s Grow Together: Developing a Therapeutic Community Gardening Project’.

If you’re passionate about making a difference to people’s lives and want to improve mental health services in your local area, then this could be the course for you. The course will begin in Spring 2023 and applications will be opening soon – watch this space!

“I’ve learnt so much from the course, across all the topic areas we have covered. As well as growing in learning and confidence as a new project lead, I’ve really benefitted not just from the wisdom and experience of members of the Trust Links team and other members of the cohort – but also from their cheerleading and moral support.Previous course attendee

The course at a glance

  • 1-hour online introduction session (compulsory)
  • 6 x monthly 2-hour online learning sessions (compulsory) including:
    • Getting started: Project aims and garden design
    • Sustainable funding and building partnerships
    • Staff, volunteer and member management
    • Behind the scenes
    • In the garden: Therapeutic activities and sustainable practices
    • Evaluating impact and course summary
  • Up to two 60-minute 1:1 coaching and support sessions with an experienced member of the Trust Links team (optional)
  • 2-days of work experience at our Growing Together Gardens in Essex (optional)

Those participating in the course will receive copies of all learning materials, access to a comprehensive manual on how to set-up a therapeutic garden, and an invitation to join our Let’s Grow Together network.

There will be one learning session per month, with sessions taking place within the working day (09:00-16:30). The exact dates and times of these sessions will be released when the course opens for applications.

For further information, please download the Course Overview by clicking here: Let’s Grow Together Course Overview

I feel I have gained a really great all-round knowledge from a much more experienced organisation on what it takes to successfully run a therapeutic horticulture service. Access to such a wealth of knowledge in the Trust Links team has been amazing, being able to ask questions specific to what was happening for us at that particular time was so valuable. Previous attendee

How to Apply

Applications opening soon!

Whether developing a community garden is just a seed of an idea, or you already have a fully-fledged project in operation, this is the course for you.

We’ll be opening applications for the course really soon. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact